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Featuring:  Presentations, Dinner Speaker, Mini-Field Expeditions



Arizona Field Ornithologists

11th Annual Meeting

Cottonwood, AZ

20-22 October, 2017

Quality Inn

301 W. Sr 89-A, Cottonwood, AZ 86326

For Google Map click here

A group rate is available at the Quality Inn through October (you must call the hotel directly and ask for the AZFO room rate).

Register Online:

Registration for Meeting (on-line registration is NOW CLOSED). Please register onsite for the meeting and Sunday field expeditions- Banquet registration is no longer available.


New This Year!

Kayak Birding Expedition

Advanced eBird Workshop (for details click here)

Call for Papers and Posters click here

If you are interested in presenting a paper or displaying a poster on the identification, status or distribution of Arizona birds, please check out our Call for Papers and Posters guidelines. Papers and posters may range from technical reports of original research to general surveys and studies. Please submit an abstract by 1 September 2017 to Jennie MacFarland at Abstracts of papers and posters from past AZFO meetings are available here.

Youth Scholarships click here

AZFO is proud to encourage and support young people with an interest in Arizona birds. As part of our goal to involve a younger generation in AZFO’s activities, we offer scholarships to students (middle school through college undergraduate) to attend the annual meeting. Application information is found here. Prior years’ essays can be read here. Students should apply by 1 October 2017. The AZFO scholarship program is generously supported by the Maricopa Audubon Society and the Prescott Audubon Society.

Board Elections

Elections will be held at the annual meeting. Two positions are open: Membership Secretary and Board Member. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as an AZFO Officer, Board Member or Committee member in the upcoming year, please contact Chrissy Kondrat-Smith at Current Board members and other positions are listed here.


Meeting Details

List of Accommodations click here
Area Restaurants click here (PDF)
Detailed Meeting Guide (coming soon)
Mini Field Expeditions details(Friday, Sunday)

eBird Workshop details click here

Friday October 20, 2017

Photo Credit, Chrissy Kondrat-Smith


Kayak Birding Expedition

A special feature of this annual meeting will be a kayak birding expedition led by Doug Von Gausig. This four-hour trip down the Verde River will follow a stretch from the Lower Tapco River Access Point (TapcoRAP) above Clarkdale to the Tuzigoot River Access Point (TuziRAP), a distance of about 3.5 miles through one of the most diverse, pristine stretches of the river. This stretch is home to several pairs of breeding Yellow-billed Cuckoos and Willow Flycatchers. Doug will cover a range of topics including birds, archeology, riparian ecology, water law, and biodiversity.


Verde River Kayak Trip $20


Email Doug Von Gausig at to register.

To pay for the kayak trip visit here.

Mini Field Expeditions

Email the trip leader to sign up for a Friday Mini-Expedition. Space is limited.

Length, Expedition location, Leader(s), @=AT

Half-day Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Ryan P. O'Donnell:
Half-day Page Springs (Walt Anderson:
Half-day Boynton Canyon (Chuck LaRue:

Full-Day Cherry Creek (Caleb Strand:
Full-Day Shields Ranch and Wingfield Mesa (Chrissy Kondrat-Smith:
Full-day Verde River, Perkinsville (Felipe Guerrero:


Friday Mini-Expeditions details

(registration for Mini-Expeditions is required)



4:30 P.M. -- 6:00 P.M.

Pizzeria Bocce

1060 N Main Street, Cottonwood AZ 86326

Enjoy great food and refreshments as we sit on the patio to catch up with friends and chat about our recent birding expeditions! FYI, the patio sits alongside the Verde River, you may want to bring your binoculars!


Saturday October 21, 2017


8:30 A.M. -- 4 :30 P.M.


Photo Credit, Chrissy Kondrat-Smith


Detailed Meeting Guide (coming soon)

Used Book Sale

Invited Presentations on Arizona Birdlife and Research


Bird Photo and Audio Quiz

Other Reports:

Reports and future plans for such AZFO activities/projects as;


Field Expeditions
Online Journal


Elections of the AZFO board and officers


North America’s Only Caracara: Wide-Ranging but Little Known, Morrison, J.L.
Range expansion of Mexican Ducks and Mallards in Arizona, Swarbrick, B. M.
eBird—Crowdsourcing Ornithology, Ian Davies
Influence of time since fire and burn severity on bird species, Joe Crouse
Nonnative grasses decouple habitat selection from fitness in grassland birds, Eric Anderson
Distribution and Habitat of Elf Owls in Riparian Environments in Arizona, David Vander Pluym


Urban Burrowing Owls, Kerrie Anne T. Loyd
Hummingbird Monitoring in the Verde Valley, Tina Greenawalt

Read abstracts for Papers and Posters here.


5:00 P.M. -- 6:30 P.M.

THAT Brewery

300 E Cherry Street, Cottonwood AZ 86326

Enjoy time to talk about the exciting day and unwind at one of Cottonwood’s finest brewery.



6:30 P.M.


Keynote Speaker:

Our keynote speaker at the Saturday evening banquet will be Doug Von Gausig, Clarkdale’s advocate for the bird population in Arizona and Mayor of Clarkdale. Join us as he shares his insights on the avifauna of the Verde Valley, especially threatened and endangered species, and how the huge conservation efforts centered on the Verde River have affected avifauna.

Coffee, tea and water will be served with dinner. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage. We would like to remind you to drive responsibly.


Sunday October 22, 2017

           Advanced eBird Workshop (details here)

Thanks to the generous support of the Maricopa Audubon Society, we are also able to offer an advanced eBird workshop given by Ian Davies, eBird Project Coordinator for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Mini-Expeditions. Sign up at the meeting on Saturday for a Sunday Mini-Expedition.

Length, Expedition location, Leader(s), @=AT

Half-day Spring Creek Ranch (Troy Corman:
Half-day Cienega Creek (Felipe Guerrero:
Half-day Rockin Ranch (Chrissy Kondrat-Smith and Eric Hough:
Half-day Loy Canyon (Chuck LaRue:

Full-day Pine Mountain Wilderness (Lauren Harter:
Full-day Sycamore Canyon (Caleb Strand:
Full-day West Clear Creek - Bell Trail (David Vander Pluym:
Full-day Gap Creek and Verde River (Dena Greenwood:


Mini-Expeditions details

(registration for Mini-Expeditions is required)

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